The report also notes:
While a pardon does not erase evidence of a person's criminal conviction, it means that the record is kept separately from other criminal records, and -- for non-sex offenders -- does not show up on checks of the Canadian Police Information Centre. This puts the offender in better stead when applying for a job, an apartment rental and education opportunities. "Pardons encourage commitments to lead law-abiding lives, help people secure jobs and reduce reliance on social programs," says the board's latest planning report. In most cases, a pardon also allows for foreign travel, including to the United States.See complete story here.